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September 26th, 2002

Tandem Story [Sep. 26th, 2002|07:39 am]
Peter Sheil
The professor announced to his class, "Today we will experiment
with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple:
each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her
immediate right. One of you will then write the first paragraph
of a short story. The partner will read the first paragraph and
then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will
then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth. Remember
to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the
story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking and
anything you wish to say must be written on the paper. The story
is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."

The following was turned in by two English students, Rebecca
and Gary.
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The reason I posted this is that I had thought of having a joint writing project - a bit like the tandem story. Would anyone be interested in doing something like that? I'll do a poll so you can let me know.
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Quotes of the day [Sep. 26th, 2002|08:10 am]
Peter Sheil
Quite an interesting selection today - some deep thoughts and a smile or two.


Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.
A. H. Weiler (1909 - 1943)

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983)

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
George Burns (1896 - 1996)
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Eleanor Rigby [Sep. 26th, 2002|01:06 pm]
Peter Sheil
I don't think I've posted his here - I came accross this while looking for something else. Made me smile and feel sad at the same time. No idea who wrote it.


Eleanor Rigby
Sits at the keyboard
And waits for a line on the screen
Lives in a dream
Waits for a signal
Finding some code
That will make the machine do some more.
What is it for?
All the lonely users, where do they all come from?
All the lonely users, why does it take so long?
Guru MacKenzie Typing the lines of a program that no one will run;
Isn't it fun?
Look at him working,
Munching some chips as he waits for the code to compile;
It takes a while...
All the lonely users, where do they all come from?
All the lonely users, why does it take so long?
Eleanor Rigby
Crashes the system and loses 6 hours of work;
Feels like a jerk.
Guru MacKenzie
Wiping the crumbs off the keys as he types in the code;
Nothing will load.
All the lonely users, where do they all come from?
All the lonely users, why does it take so long?
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